President Uhuru Kenyatta with Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.
KIGALI, RWANDA: President Uhuru Kenyatta Monday formally apologized to Rwanda over failure by the East African States to step in and save the country from the horrendous 1994 genocide. President Kenyatta said although the rest of the world had maintained a studious silence as Rwandan Hutus killed members of the Tutsi ethnic community, it was not justified for the East African region to also stand aside without taking action. The President regretted that for 100 days of genocide, Rwanda suffered grievously without the KIGALI, RWANDA: President Uhuru Kenyatta Monday formally apologized to Rwanda over failure by the East African States to step in and save the country from the horrendous 1994 genocide. President Kenyatta said although the rest of the world had maintained a studious silence as Rwandan Hutus killed members of the Tutsi ethnic community, it was not justified for the East African region to also stand aside without taking action. The President regretted that for 100 days of genocide, Rwanda suffered grievously without the world daring to step in and fulfill the famous “never again” pledge made after the Jewish Holocaust. “Our region also stood aside, and for that we owe the most profound apology to the people of Rwanda. We have learned that no one from far away can be relied on to come to our aid; we must build an independent capability and will to protect the lives of our children and their futures”, said the president. The Head of State who is also the chairman of the East African Community issued the statement from Kigali after attending the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide alongside 20 other Heads of States and Government from across the world. See also: Uhuru, Ruto take coded message to Raila’s base UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon also attended the commemorations that brought together delegations from at least 10 countries from the African continent, USA, Britain, Germany, China and Canada. Part of the commemorations included laying or wreaths by the Heads of State and dignitaries to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Site in Gisozi where the remains of the genocide victims are buried. Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and Ban Ki Moon also lit a torch at Gisozi that will burn for 100 days, the length of time the genocide lasted. During the period, communities will come together to remember the lives lost in the genocide and support survivors. July 4 will mark the 20th anniversary of the end of the genocide. It will also be a period to reflect on Rwanda’s story of resilience, reconciliation and nation building. President Kenyatta said that although mass violence was not expected to revisit Rwanda, the lessons learnt were enough to justify vigilance saying, “This is why there is a regional force on standby to ensure peace.” “The Inter-Government Committee on the Great Lakes Region (IGCLR), the Eastern Africa Standby Force, and other arrangements remain at hand to ensure that our region is never again home to mass murder and genocide.” President Kenyatta traced the Rwanda genocide to the colonialism’s racist ideology and a post-colonial state that practiced the politics of division and terror.
Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju, the trading manager of East African Exchange, shows the visiting Nigerian minister of agriculture and rural development Akinwumi Adesina (C) and Jendayi Fraser, the exchange’s board chair, how trading is done using Nasdaq system.
Rwanda will soon be part of a connected African market with Nigeria ready to start selling their agricultural produce through the Rwanda East African Exchange (EAX).
Jendayi Fraser, the exchange’s board chair who was speaking during the visit of Akinwumi Adesina, Nigerian minister for agriculture and rural development to EAX Kigali City Tower offices yesterday, said there will be time when Nigerian produces will be sold in the East African Exchange.
EAX Rwanda is the first part of a regional exchange that was launched in January last year intended to facilitate farmers to sell agricultural products directly to the market without a middle man.
It is a subsidiary of Lagos-based Africa Exchange Holdings Ltd (AFEX), which seeks to develop a network of commodity exchanges across Africa to transform trade and improve rural dwellers’ incomes.
“Most African countries need the intra-African trade to have their competitiveness globally and attain their economies of scale,” she said.
Trading of commodities at the EAX is done in the same way that stocks and bonds are traded on a stock exchange, only that in this case, it requires warehousing of the commodities.
The EAX inspects and accredits warehouses where farmers can deliver goods in exchange for receipts which are then sold to buyers or used as collateral by the farmers to access credit from banks as the receipt is proof of ownership.
The Kwibuka Flame is carried to Rukumbeli Sector in Ngoma District.
FORGIVENESS is a powerful tool which helped restore ties among Rwandans and paved way for development, growth and improved livelihoods.
This was the message delivered to residents of Ngoma District, Eastern Province, yesterday as hundreds of residents gathered in Rukumbeli Sector to welcome the Kwibuka (Remembrance) Flame.
The Flame’s arrival in the district marked its 26th stop, with four legs left to complete the tour.
The Flame, which is on a national tour ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Genocide, arrived in the remote Rukumbeli sector from Ntarama, in Bugesera District.
On Thursday, it is travelling to Nyarubuye in Kirehe District before heading back to Kigali next week
Dr Anitha Asiimwe, the minister of State for public health and primary healthcare, told Rukumbeli residents that without forgiveness, Rwanda would not have been able to emerge from the darkness brought about by the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
She said the achievements registered over the past two decades are a result of efforts put in encouraging people to seek forgiveness coupled with the promotion of unity and reconciliation.
“It is not an easy task for someone whose relatives have been murdered to forgive the perpetrators,” Dr Asiimwe said. “But forgiveness heals and above all, it set the country on a path of peace, unity and development.”
Contractors level the surface of a road under construction in Kimihurura.
Road infrastructure and agricultural productivity could be boosted as the World Bank approved yet another $60.9 million (about Rwf47 billion) for the sector.
The funds, agreed upon in Washington, US, last week, will help government refurbish roads and intensify farmers’ agricultural productivity as part of the strategy to reduce poverty and enhance shared prosperity throughout the country, according to Caroyn Turk, the Bank’s country manager.
“Today’s financing provides additional support to the already existing government’s efforts to improve and diversify the country’s agriculture sector and infrastructure as a key strategy to fight poverty by ensuring food security, and improved healthcare,” Turk said
Some $45m (about Rwf30bn) will be injected in upgrading about 270 kilometres of roads in Karongi, Rwamagana, Gisagara and Nyamasheke districts in Western Province, Tesfamichael Nahusenay Mitiku, the Bank’s team leader for the Feeder Road Development Project, said.
Supporting EDPRS 2
“Insufficient all-season road connectivity has contributed to high transport costs and created difficulties for farmers seeking to improve their agricultural productivity and incomes,” Nahusenay said.
Finanance and Economic Planning minister Claver Gatete said the funding is in line with the country’s second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS2) agenda of promoting rural development and agriculture transformation with significant impact on poverty reduction.
Valens Mwumvaneza, the Bank’s team leader for Rural Sector Support Project (RSSP), said $15.9 million (about Rwf10 billion) will be injected in the third RSSP that focuses on activities that would increase and diversify agriculture production.
This will contribute to government’s achievements of EDPRS2 by boosting productivity for some of the country’s poorest farmers and benefit about 101,500 farmers by 2018.
Last week, World Bank and government signed a Rwf47 billion deal for social protection programmes.